Trump: America's Invasion Of The Middle East Was ‘Worst Decision Ever Made’
President stands firm on ending engagement in the Middle East
President Donald Trump reaffirmed his stance on ending U.S. military engagement in the Middle East on Wednesday, saying that invasion was the 'worst decision ever made.'
Trump wrote on Twitter:
“GOING INTO THE MIDDLE EAST IS THE WORST DECISION EVER MADE IN THE HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY!”
The President also noted the United States has already spent $8 trillion on wars in the region.
“Thousands of our Great Soldiers have died or been badly wounded,” he wrote.
“Millions of people have died on the other side.”
Trump then argued the United States was drawn into the invasion of Iraq by George W. Bush under a “disproven premise” of the threat of weapons of mass destruction.
“Now we are slowly & carefully bringing our great soldiers & military home,” he wrote.
“Our focus is on the BIG PICTURE! THE USA IS GREATER THAN EVER BEFORE!”
But Trump's efforts to remove troops from Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria to bring them home has been faced with opposition.
“The stupid endless wars, for us, are ending,” he wrote on Twitter.
In December 2018, Trump announced plans to withdraw 7,000 troops from Afghanistan.
Then in August, he announced the withdrawal of over 5,000 troops.
Fighting between various groups that has been going on for hundreds of years. USA should never have been in Middle East. Moved our 50 soldiers out. Turkey MUST take over captured ISIS fighters that Europe refused to have returned. The stupid endless wars, for us, are ending! https://t.co/Fbcem9i55Z— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 9, 2019
....IN THE HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY! We went to war under a false & now disproven premise, WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. There were NONE! Now we are slowly & carefully bringing our great soldiers & military home. Our focus is on the BIG PICTURE! THE USA IS GREATER THAN EVER BEFORE!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 9, 2019
Trump said on Monday would continue to pursue an “end game” in the Middle East, according to Reuters.
“We’re willing to do what we have to do, but there has to be an end game,” Trump said.
“And if you stay, it’s going to be the same thing. Eventually, you’re going to have to leave.”
On Tuesday, Trump opened up about writing letters to parents of slain soldiers, reminding Americans that troops are still dying in the country.
The president spoke about the difficult process after presiding over a signing event for new the U.S and Japan trade deal at the White House:
“I have to sign letters often to parents of young soldiers that were killed, and it’s the hardest thing I have to do in this job,” Trump said.
“I hate it. I hate it.”
Following Trump's withdrawal of US troops from Syria earlier this year, Russian President Vladimir Putin praised his move to fulfill his election campaign promise.